Proper preparation can get you through an interview

11.01.2013


Proper preparation can get you through an interview
Proper preparation can get you through an interview

No matter what industry you're in, anyone job searching will eventually reach a job interview, the point where a hiring manager will want to see first-hand if you're up to snuff for the position in question. While it's important to keep track of your answers and standing throughout the process, it's also important to ensure you're doing your best to distinguish yourself from every other applicant. A large portion of that requires preparation and showing strong intent.

Research is key
According to Parade, showing a wide amount of knowledge in a position is a key way to present yourself as a leading candidate. The Internet should be the first place to go when it comes to looking up what you'll need to know in your researching. Company websites should be your first stop, as they'll have plenty of information about business intent, recent news, competition and the products or services they provide.

From there, looking into the industry as a whole, as well as LinkedIn information about the company's leaders, will also work to your advantage. Sifting through Google News, for example, will give a good idea of what a pertinent focus for the industry's near future would be. LinkedIn, meanwhile, will not only help you learn about your potential future employers but give you ways of making a connection with your interviewers themselves.

Be excited, yet specific
One of the easiest ways to get into an interviewer's good graces is to show them that you're gung-ho about the position at hand. By researching, you can come up with plenty of examples and reasons why you believe you'll find success if you were to be hired, as well as provide them with reasons why you'll be able to assist the company. As much as interviewers want to find the right skills for a position, they also want to find someone who will be invested in the job at hand, and giving them reasons to believe in your excitement can go a long way for your chances.

You need to also make the interview at least somewhat personal, both in your experiences and your general answers. Clichés need to be avoided at any cost, even if the questions themselves are somewhat generic themselves. Instead of falling victim to said genericisms, tell stories that involve specific and relatable experiences from past jobs. Not only can you give strong examples of your past experiences, but you can ensure you're considered as a well-rounded candidate.

Preparing for the "Big Four"
There are four major questions that almost any interview will hold, according to US News and World Report, and ensuring you're prepared to take them on is a big way to boost your chances and confidence alike. In most cases, employers will want you to tell them about yourself, which will take a concise yet detailed answer, as well as your greatest weakness. It's highly recommended that anyone asked this question answers as honestly as possible.

In addition, many employers will likely ask about a candidate's problem-solving skills, which hearkens back to the previous point of experience-driven answers. Previous difficulties you've overcome in different jobs you've held will bode well when it comes to this answer, as long as you can tie in exactly how important the skills used will carry over to your next position.

A fourth question that's less tangible but important all the same may differ for every candidate - but no matter what, preparing to counter your biggest interviewing weakness will be vastly important. Whether it concerns previous work history, which can be answered through honesty or through experiences taken between different jobs, or technical questions they may not know, which can be overcome by ample research, preparing for the worst will help an interviewee shine as the best.

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